This is the tallest residential building in Chicago's suburbs, surpassing Aurora's Fox Island Place which was built in 1927.
The lobby forms an L-shape around a reflecting pool and fountain, which are partly recessed under the tower.
The metal balcony railings have a distinctive yellow color.
Although only the 7th tallest building in Chicago's suburbs, Optima Views ranks second to Oakbrook Terrace Tower in the number of floors.
The front wall is set at an angle off Maple Street, providing views of Downtown Evanston and the Chicago skyline. The back wall features several sawtooth angles for views in different directions.
This building received a Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
The site was formerly occupied by the Levy Senior Center, which relocated to Evanston's south side.
The parking structure is covered on top by landscaping, making this the third Evanston high-rise to feature a "green roof".
In 2004 Optima Views followed Optima Towers as the winner of the Design Evanston Award for Excellence in Multi-Family Residential Design. The jury expressed admiration for the way the building's shape appears different from various angles.
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